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MySQL: Failed to open the relay log
MySQL: Failed to open the relay log

If you happen to see the message “Failed to open the relay log…” in your MySQL error log file (sometimes it is good to look into it once in a while) then you either have your replication setup incorrectly or you forgot to remove the salve information in the master.…

Live every day to the fullest – it could be your last one
Live every day to the fullest – it could be your last one

Let’s be honest, we are all wrapped up with our everyday live, worrying about money, our career, our love (or not getting enough love), money, friends… you name it. Everyone of us has their own mind full of things that “matter”. “Matter” because, in the end, these are, after all,…

Installing memcached on Ubuntu for wordpress and phpbb
Installing memcached on Ubuntu for wordpress and phpbb

As an application maintainer you always look for the best performance in your application and website. At one point in your quest for the best performance you will undoubtedly trip over memcached. In short memcached is (quote); Free & open source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but…

Celebrating 20 years of Linux
Celebrating 20 years of Linux

I remember when I installed Linux the first time (many many moons ago) and it was all cryptic for me. All that starred at me, was a black screen with some strange symbols and a pointer blinking. So, this is Linux, I thought and tried to get my way around…

Coldfusion: How to pass struct and array in a URL
Coldfusion: How to pass struct and array in a URL

A user just asked: I need to pass my array to a webserver. But somehow, the array passed with cfhttp throws an error. Please help You can not pass a structure or an array in a URL as they are complex values and Coldfusion does not have a way to…

Changing the default search engine in Firefox
Changing the default search engine in Firefox

On a Windows machine I came upon the other day (forcefully and not intentional:-) ) I saw that the default engine was “search-results.com”. This URL was called whenever the user entered a keyword in the URL bar (you do know that Google Chrome and Firefox 4 will automatically search for…

Great talk about bootstrapping
Great talk about bootstrapping

Here is a great talk from Jason Fried, co-founder of 37signals, on bootstrapping and getting your company up and running. Really worth seeing.

Fix for running MySQL 5.5.8 under MacOS X 10.6.5 (Snow Leopard)
Fix for running MySQL 5.5.8 under MacOS X 10.6.5 (Snow Leopard)

Oracle recently released the latest MySQL 5.5.x versions. Despite of having tones of fixes and supposedly running much faster and (finally) making InnoDB the default storage engine, it is always good to keep up to date with latest releases. But, as in the past, MaxOS X users always have to…

Fun with Cron
Fun with Cron

For some of my Ubuntu Servers (10.04) the Cron jobs did not work or only sporadically executed. I’ve asked around, but none of my friends could explain why this is so. This happened on physical as also on virtual servers. Thus I set out today to finally figure out what…

Ubuntu 10.10 and grub menu
Ubuntu 10.10 and grub menu

I just upgraded one my Ubuntu server from 10.04 to 10.10 (works flawlessly) and realized that I was prompted with the grub menu during a reboot. Since this is a cloud server and it being managed over SSH, I surely wanted that Grub automatically selects the latest kernel and does…

Coldfusion and invalid XML character
Coldfusion and invalid XML character

Today I had a “banging my head to the wall” time where I was confronted with this pesky error: “An invalid XML character (Unicode: 0x0) was found in the element content of the document.” Point is that I already created the file in Coldfusion and also used xmlformat for adding…

A solution to MySQL ERROR 2006 (HY000): MySQL server has gone away
A solution to MySQL ERROR 2006 (HY000): MySQL server has gone away

Having just moved quite a large installation to a MySQL database I have encountered the following error when connecting to the MySQL server: ERROR 2006 (HY000): MySQL server has gone away After looking at countless solutions and none working (many say that the max_packet value has to be increased), I…

Where ideas come from
Where ideas come from

Steve Johnson talks on “Where ideas come from” gives a good overview how people and especially where they get their ideas from. I personally have been a long time fan of creating an environment where one can cultivate ideas instead of working like a horse. He just emphasizes that socializing…

A very clean architecture
A very clean architecture

How behavior spreads in social networks
How behavior spreads in social networks

This talk by Nicholas Christakis given at the TED talk in Cannes is a must see for everyone who wants to know how social networks influence our behavior. Especially for marketers or people who want to avoid marketers this is a knowledge to have… This also shows how important and…

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